Future European Noise Emission Ceilings: Threat or Solution? A Review Based on Swiss and Dutch Ceilings

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Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design book series (NNFM, volume 126)


Since 2008, the European Commission recommends Member States to establish noise emission ceilings along their railway corridors. These ceilings should prevent railway noise from increasing due to growing freight transport. This policy instrument is just a rough idea now and it is not clear if (and when) it will be enforced through a directive. However, as the impact of noise emission ceilings on future railway operations could be large, it would be wise for stakeholders to prepare themselves. This paper discusses the pros and cons of ceilings from various points of view, based on experience with Swiss and Dutch ceiling legislation that is in force already.


Railway Network Rolling Stock Ceiling Level Rail Freight Noise Barrier 
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  1. 1.dBvisionUtrechtThe Netherlands

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